Nvidia Portable Game Console, Project Shield, Announced At CES

By Ishaan . January 6, 2013 . 9:56pm

Videogame hardware manufacturer, Nvidia, have announced their own portable console, tentatively named “Project Shield” at the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off in Las Vegas this week.


Project Shield looks kind of like an Xbox controller with a 5” screen attached to it, and it runs on the Android OS. It includes two analog sticks, has a Micro-SD card slot for memory, and an HDMI port for video output. Nvidia say the device is powered by their Tegra 4 processor and will provide 5-10 hours of gaming time on a single charge.


In addition to running its own games, Project Shield will also be able to stream games running on a PC, according to a separate report by the Wall Street Journal. Streaming will reportedly be enabled by a variant of Wi-Fi technology.


Nvidia have not yet announced a release date or price for Project Shield, or details regarding software support.

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  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    And with this the Ouya just became outdated.

    • Fritz

      Ouya – Android Console, Nvidia-Shield = Android/PC Handheld. Not seeing how one makes the other outdated, especially since they hinted at this thing connecting to the Ouya. In my Opinion Ouya still has the edge if you are going to compare products, as a open console it has everything it needs along with room to expand ,with hopeful future success, to chips like the Tegra4. Id even say, given how close the Ouya’s team is working with Nvidia, this is simply Nvidias way to enter both the console and handheld markets. If Ouya is a success you know Nvidia is going to be all over it with the successor.

    • I don’t see how, other than the fact it was announced later. Ouya’s not a portable console. This is.

      Now if you want to talk about things that Ouya should be wary of that are not of ‘a standard console’ then you should probably look at the fact that the Steam Box will be a thing running Linux and debuting this year:


      Even then, they’re all a niche thing. Linux Android. Apple doesn’t equal any of those things and none of us thought that Apple was going to be a contender in games five years ago either.

      I’d actually give Ouya a little more credit but we’ll see. It’ll all depend on marketing and fooling people…er…convincing people that anyone needs any of these through a variety of mediums that are now available.

    • zweii

      Both run android OS which is designed to be portable in the first place. What sets them apart from smartphones is the fact both are sold with controllers. Neither is offering anything new except for a new shell.

    • Louis Lam

      Just like how the Vita made the PS3 outdated.

      • Joom

        The Vita isn’t more powerful than the PS3 though.

        • In some ways it is. It can multi-task a lot better/faster than a ps3 and all of the media and social apps as well as the browser work so much better on a vita than a ps3. But that is pretty much where the advantages stop.

        • Louis Lam

          That’s the satire.

      • MrRobbyM

        That doesn’t make sense in any way.

    • tubers

      I’m willing to be that this Shield would be around 499.99 MSRP

      Ouya’s $ 99.

      Different market in such way.

  • DarthSithZero

    So Nvidia huh? At least the games will have great graphics

  • Gio32k

    this reminds me of that Panasonic “hand held” that never came out. Also, this will most likely cost waaaayyyy more than 100 bucks.

  • Arrei

    I like their claims of the battery life, but… just how expensive and how bulky is it going to be? That bottom half is looking pretty cumbersome.

    • Claims is probably all they are, honestly. Thinking about how Nvidia typically ups their power drain for performance, we’d be lucky if this topples the first 3DS’s foray into power consumption. I’d bet it’d be about the same, really. Tegra 4 is one thing but I’d wonder which. What kind of drain and what kind of battery mAh is in that thing before you can make such claims…and better, what would it be running?

      • Testsubject909

        You forgot about the settings too and whether or not wifi is enabled as well as other possible features in it that could drain the battery life being turned off for maximal use of the battery.

      • malek86

        That’s not really true – Nvidia’s (and also AMD’s) graphics cards recently have been increasing their performance while also keeping an eye on power. Besides, this is the mobile market, they must know longevity is more important than performance.

        On that note, I’d imagine that physical controls use a lot less power than touch-based controls, so it should at least have that advantage, compared to a normal smartphone.

  • xxx128

    Damn it LOOKS like XBOX, damn…

  • ronin4life

    Did… this just really happen?

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    I’m just going to look though my opera binoculars, whatever they are called

  • Ishaan, your ‘seperate report’ from WSJ comes up blank or at least something that says for WSJ subscribers only.

  • Guest

    Assuming it uses the Google Play store, I’m more curious about seeing how Android games evolve in face of these new consoles (Ouya, etc) than about the hardware itself. If most games stay simple time-wasters as they are now, I don’t know how it’ll hold up. Granted, we’ve been seeing more companies investing in mobile (Square-Enix, I’m looking at you), but whether that’ll last or evolve into something akin to console/pc development remains to be seen.

  • Elvick

    I hope that’s just a prototype design.

    • ZanetheWise

      Those corners look sharp… not in a good way.

      • ThomasTruong

        If a mugger came at me with that, I’d just use this:

    • Pockystix

      looks really uncomfortable

  • DurableTomb

    All I’m looking for is a console/console like-device that plays pc games (NOT internet, facebook, whatever) and lets me use mods for things like Fallout 3 and Skyrim. Will this or Ouya be the ones to allow this dream of mine?

    • Cazar

      No because they both run Andriod and Android is not PC.

      • tubers

        It’ll let you stream from your PC.. the Ouya can’t.

  • brian

    I think that would be hard to fit in a pocket.

  • kangms872

    Wow pc stream is amazing :)

  • Yikes. Looks like a piece of concept tech from Microsoft circa 2002.

    Steam big picture is cool though.

  • Cazar

    I guess android is the only way we’ll ever see games on a linux platform…

    • tubers

      Seems like Steam is gonna give support too.

  • Fritz

    Im not really liking the way it looks, yes i know not to judge a book by its cover. But this seems to defy the Minimalistic road almost everything portable is headed. It looks too bulky to come off as appealing theres no denying the tech is there, but if they gave us “Shield” with the thinness of a psvita and a clamshell design inspired by the DS’s success i’m sure everyones jaw would of passed the floor and headed straight for the earths core.

    One other thing i kinda wish happened, was Nvidia surprising us with Tegra4 in Ouya (now not suggesting that the Ouya needs it to be successful -i plan on buying one and supporting Boxer8’s efforts) But if they had, the additional wave of thunder to Ouyas lightning stride i’m sure would sway anyone on the fence considering Ouyas future as a new gaming platform. Then after that i think it would of made sense for Nvidia to reveal a handheld (or this), using the Ouyas success as a marketing push (showing that nvidia has what it takes to stand strong in this gaming wars) thus giving birth to two new and powerful devices in the public eyes. But i’m no expert so what to i know.

    • malek86

      Even with the Tegra 4, the Ouya would be nothing more than a niche toy for game enthusiasts. I wouldn’t consider it a “new gaming platform”, at least not in the sense that you are probably thinking – it just doesn’t have enough support and recognition to make it a player in the field.

      If it does pave the way for something, that will be from much bigger companies who have a lot less interest in keeping the platform DRM-free.

      • Fritz

        I think the Tegra4 would of been the additional driving force of that needed support and recognition. As i mentioned b4 i think the Tegra4 would of caught the eyes of many. Its true the Ouya is currently lacking some heavy support, but i don’t think its fair to assume that success can only be brought out through big/reputable game devs. Ouya gives the average came dev access to the TV via Android market (which is already easily accessible) and in my opinion thats enough to really allow anything to happen. Its like how Youtube or Vemio allows many talented animators and film makers to show off their work without having to go through extensive 3rd party means (not that thats bad but it makes life easier) and i think its fair to agree that we’ve all seem some impressive 2D/Film/CGI work from individuals on those media sites. With Ouya, i’m thinking in the same direction, or at least im remaining optimistic about that direction. Ouya’s capability to expand and become something bigger is literally only limited by its own userbase’s creativity. Other companies can step in, but if you already have a console “run” by people its going to be a little hard to top that, especially at $99 pricepoint.

  • As someone who loves NVIDIA video cards, I see this being really expensive lol

  • Austin Corleone

    let’s wait AMD reaction

    • malek86

      AMD seems uninterested in the mobile market, for some reason. If they are working on something, they have been keeping tight-lipped about it.

      But at this point, they would need a lot of work to catch up with Nvidia in the ARM department.

  • d19xx

    Can’t wait to play Angry Birds on that beast…

  • Raoni Marques

    Hope it’s not the final design, cause it looks damn ugly.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Microsoft: add windows 8 and we have a deal

    • pkmaximum

      What does Microsoft have to do with this?

  • MrRobbyM

    I didn’t know Nvidia made kitchen knives. Ouch.

  • Go2hell66

    ahahahaha ouya is so screwed

  • MrTyrant

    Looks horrible but I wonder if they’ll add some good exclusives but they need to change the design. It’s like combining an screen with an Xbox controller, really lazy.

  • Don

    a portable gaming device? yeah right

  • eilegz

    ouya destroyed? oh well this looks far than portable and ergonomically the controller reminds me of xbox 1 controller its gonna to be heavy, big, and expensive.

    This looks like a prototype which its nice i hope it gets improved

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Ouya wasn’t a handheld device to begin with, different things if you ask me though a good number of PSV and 3DS users alike seem to be worrying about it too~.

  • SupaPhly

    so is every tom dick and harry going to release a console now?

  • TrevHead

    With every tom dick and harry making devices to connect androids up to the TV I hope it will persuade Ninty or Sony to do the same with the 3DS and Vita.

  • ragingmerifes

    How is this even portable? Nvidia should make a table console instead.

  • Ace

    They turned the original Xbox control into a gaming system…

  • ddsfan2

    I certainly hope the final product doesn’t look like that, the ergonomics are absolutely horrible.

    The timing of release is also questionable, especially with all of the criticism directed towards the PS Vita (which I am already very happy with, although I am probably not in the target audience of this device). I’m not sure if it will be able to attract either the traditional handheld or smartphone fan bases.

    On the other hand, if targeted towards independent development like the Ouya, it could end up successful, since NVidia certainly has the money to do something like this, but for the time being I am very skeptical of the prospects of this system.

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